CENTERVILLE — Several drivers who witnessed a fiery head-on crash that killed a man stopped to help officers pull two teen boys from a car engulfed in flames, authorities said.
Police are investigating why a northbound black Nissan Maxima carrying a driver and passenger, both 16 years old, drove onto the road shoulder and passed other cars at a high speed before veering into oncoming traffic on Legacy Parkway Friday, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street.
The 7:45 a.m. crash killed Hyrum Stevenson Stoker, 37, of Syracuse, who was driving a silver Acura TL. Street said he died at the scene.
"Troopers are looking at aggressive and excessive speed as a factor in the crash," the UHP added in a statement.
When officers arrived, "the black sedan was fully engulfed in flames," Street said. "Legacy at this time in the morning is pretty busy. There's a lot of traffic, especially southbound. A lot of people witnessed this incident."
Centerville police officer Shawn McWilliams, the first to respond, pulled the passenger from the black car with help from people who saw the crash near Parrish Lane. The officer later was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and cuts from when he used his baton to break windows, Street said.2 comments on this story
Good Samaritans also assisted a trooper in removing the driver from the car. The teens were conscious at the time they were flown to local hospitals. The driver was taken to University Hospital, and the other teen to Primary Children's Hospital. Both are expected to survive.
"They were obviously in some pain," Street said. "I think there were some broken bones, probably some internal injuries."
Street said it's "wonderful" when ordinary people "jump to it and help their fellow citizens out in a situation like a burning car and a horrendous crash we have today."